News in Brief 22 June 2015 (PM)

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Sigrid Kaag. UN File Photo/Loey Felipe

A call for more donor assistance for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Syria

Donors are being asked to increase their assistance to the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

Sigrid Kaag, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, says funds are needed to help the agency meet the needs of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Syria.

Her comments came during a visit to the Burj El-Barajneh refugee camp in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon's capital, home to nearly 18,000 Palestinian refugees.

UN opens human rights office in South Korea

The UN will open an office in South Korea to support its work in monitoring and documenting the human rights situation in neighbouring Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

This follows a recommendation made in a report last year by the independent international Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the DPRK.

UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein will inaugurate the office in the South Korean capital, Seoul.

He will also meet with top officials, civil society groups and women victims of sexual slavery during the Second World War who were referred to as "comfort women."

Public service initiatives receive UN award

Twenty-two innovative public service projects from 18 countries are being recognized by the UN during a forum in Medellin, Colombia, this week.

The projects range from providing easier healthcare access to women with high-risk pregnancies in Thailand, to creating housing units in Ethiopia.

An estimated 800 participants from across the globe are expected to attend the UN Public Service forum which aims to promote cooperation, exchange good practices and share lessons learned.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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